THE NETHERLANDS – While Rotterdam is still working hard for a Eurovision Song Contest in Ahoy, the organizer European Broadcasting Union (EBU) would be over for a long time. Music temple MECC in Maastricht is preferred, insiders say to AD.nl.
Earlier today, Mayor Annemarie Pennte Strake of Maastricht did not seem to be much concerned anymore. “After all, we are the most European city in the Netherlands,” she said in an interview with this website. According to Hilversum sources, the symbolic value, among other things because of the Maastricht Treaty, is also the reason for the EBU to have the Eurovision Circus settle in the Limburg city.
Maastricht has a topographical advantage as the junction of three countries, there is a historic city center and the EBU is expecting a hefty financial contribution. In short: Maastricht is much richer than Rotterdam. The costs for holding the annual song festival there are estimated at around 15 million euros.
Formally the knot still has to be taken. The decision will be made with the organizing media parties from the Netherlands: the NPO, the NOS and broadcaster AvroTros that will bring the Songfestival live on stage in May next year. In addition to Maastricht and Rotterdam, Utrecht, Den Bosch and Arnhem are still in the race on paper. They have to hand in a so-called “bidbook” in which it is precisely stated how they want to set up the event.
Amsterdam withdrew yesterday. According to Mayor Femke Halsema, the Ziggo Dome is already taken and AFAS Live is too small. In August it must be officially announced which city will take care of the Eurovision Song Contest, won this year by Duncan Laurence, in 2020.